Kim MacQuarrie has won numerous awards as a documentary filmmaker, including four national Emmys and awards at the New York, Denver, and Jackson Hole film festivals. As a writer-producer-director-editor, MacQuarrie has made documentaries in disparate and difficult locations ranging from the Amazon rainforest and the jungles of Papua New Guinea to Siberia. Many of these films have been about remote indigenous groups or about natural history, from the wildlife in Peru’s Manu National Park to grizzly bears in Kamchatka and fur seals on Bering Island. MacQuarrie has also worked on more topical films, from filming ghetto life in inner Queens, New York to working with Morgan Spurlock, on the latter’s series, “30 Days.” Presently the FX Channel is developing MacQuarrie’s latest book, The Last Days of the Incas
, into a 13-part scripted television series, on which MacQuarrie is a consultant.
The Living Edens: Manu is a one-hour, Emmy-winning documentary filmed entirely in the remote Manu National Park in southeastern Peru. The film chronicles a year in the lives of a variety of rainforest inhabitants: a rare Harpy Eagle family, a tree sloth, a family of six-foot-long Giant Otters, and other creatures such as a jaguar, brilliantly-plumaged macaws, and anteaters.
"Kamchatka: Siberia's Forbidden Wilderness" is an Emmy-winning natural history film that follows the lives of a family of Grizzly Bears (a mother and three spring cubs) as they make a living on Russia's most remote Siberan outpost: the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russian Siberia.
Minuteman Frank George, whose goal is to stop illegal immigration into the United States, goes to live with a family of illegal Mexican immigrants in a tiny apartment in the heart of Los Angeles. This is the first episode of the second season of Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days."
The Spirit Hunters
"The Spirit Hunters" follows anthropologist Glenn Shepard as he lives with and learns from the Machiguenga Indians, a remote ethnic group that inhabits Peru's upper Amazon jungle. The core of Machiguenga beliefs center around their view of the rainforest and the spirits that inhabit it. By ingesting the hallucinogen Ayahuasca, the Machiguenga are able to perceive the spirit world of the rainforest that surrounds them.
Spirits of the Rainforest
Journey into the heart of Peru's remote Amazon rainforest and into one of its remotest parks, Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, a massive park half the size of Switzerland. This multiple-Emmy-winning film explores the work of three biologists studying giant otters, squirrel monkeys and macaws, and also an anthropologist (Glenn Shepard) who lives with and studies the Machiguenga Indians. The ancestors of the latter once had contact with the Inca Empire.
The Tattoo Hunter
Tattoo anthropologist Lars Krutak takes a trip into a remote village in the Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea in hope of becoming the first ever foreigner to take part in a traditional skin-cutting ceremony, which resembles the skin of a Pukpuk (Crocodile). Produced and directed by Kim MacQuarrie for the DIscovery Channel.
The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction is a short video that describes how the Earth has undergone five massive biodiversity extinctions and is presently embarking upon a sixth.
Farmer's Market is a short film about a group of nine year olds who run a Farmer's Market and also host a harvest party.